What BOTOX® Treatment is Like

If you're considering BOTOX® to treat your Chronic Migraine, you may be wondering: what's it like?

5 quick things you should know about BOTOX® treatment

1It prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. BOTOX® prevents on average 8 or 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month (vs 6 to 7 for placebo) at 24 weeks.

2It's given every 12 weeks. It will take 2 treatments, 12 weeks apart to determine how well BOTOX® is working for you. If you don’t get treated every 12 weeks, you may not get the full benefit of BOTOX®.

3It's a small needle. People say that the injections feel like tiny pinpricks.

4It's injected by a BOTOX® specialist. This is a doctor who's experienced in treating with BOTOX®.

5It takes about 15 minutes. The injections take about 15 minutes, and are done right in your doctor's office.

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What Makes BOTOX® a Different Type of Treatment
What Treatment is Like
Coverage & Cost
Important Safety Information

Not all doctors are experienced in treating Chronic Migraine with BOTOX®.

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The specialist

Headache specialists focus specifically on headache disorders, which means they're the best people to help you figure out what type of treatment is right for you. However, not all specialists are trained to inject BOTOX®—so to start treatment, you'll need to find one who is.

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The appointment

The injections take about 15 minutes, and are done right in your doctor's office. The needles used for BOTOX® treatment are very small. People say that the injections feel like tiny pinpricks.

BOTOX® is injected into shallow muscles, not too deeply beneath the skin. Each treatment involves 31 injections in 7 key areas of the head and neck.

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Treatment every 12 weeks

Chronic Migraine is just that—a chronic condition that benefits from preventive treatment. If you don't get treated every 12 weeks, you may not get the full benefit of BOTOX®. You will start with 2 treatments, 12 weeks apart. Reduction in headache days may improve over the course of 24 weeks. From there on out, you and your doctor will decide what's right for you, with retreatment recommended every 12 weeks.

Did you know that with the BOTOX® Savings Card, eligible people can save on BOTOX® treatment?

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Indication
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.

It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective to prevent headaches in patients with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days each month (episodic migraine).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX®:

  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.

There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect away from the injection site when BOTOX® has been used at the recommended dose to treat chronic migraine.

BOTOX® may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX®. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Do not take BOTOX® if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

The dose of BOTOX® is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you experience symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® should be discontinued.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX®.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had bleeding problems; have plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles; trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® in the past.

Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.

Other side effects of BOTOX® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indication
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.

It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective to prevent headaches in patients with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days each month (episodic migraine).

Please see BOTOX® full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide.

References:

  1. Natoli JL, Manack A, Dean B, Butler Q, Turkel CC, Stovner L & Lipton RB. Global prevalence of chronic migraine: a systematic review. Cephalalgia 2009.
  2. Data on file, IMS Pharmetrics + Claims Database.

Patients were compensated for sharing their stories.

Offer Statement
With the BOTOX® Savings Card you can get up to $400 off one treatment received January-March 2016 and up to $200 off per treatment for up to 4 treatments received April-December 2016 for people with Chronic Migraine. All treatments must be received within a 12-month period.

Card Usage Language
Your BOTOX® Savings Card may only be used at hospitals, physician offices, and pharmacies, and will not be accepted at any other location that normally accepts Visa® Debit cards. The BOTOX® Savings Card cannot be used at merchants outside the United States (including Internet and mail/telephone merchants).

The BOTOX® Savings Card is issued by Metropolitan Commercial Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to license by Visa U.S.A. Inc. "Metropolitan Commercial Bank" and "Metropolitan" are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank ©2014. See the Cardholder Agreement for Terms and Conditions. By accepting, signing, or using this savings card, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Cardholder Agreement. This savings card will remain the property of the issuing institution and the privilege of its use may be withdrawn at any time.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By participating, you understand and agree to comply with the Program rules as set forth below.

Offer is not valid for any other products or other out-of-pocket costs, even if those costs are associated with the administration of BOTOX® treatment. The BOTOX® Savings Card will be funded upon approval of claim form and EOB or SPP receipt. (If the BOTOX® prescription was filled by a Specialty Pharmacy Provider, both EOB and SPP receipt must be sent.) BOTOX® Savings Card may not be combined with any other offer or discount. This BOTOX® Savings Card is not health insurance. Patient must submit a claim form and EOB or SPP receipt within 90 days from the date of service.

Offer not valid for patients participating in Medicare, Medicaid, or any similar federal or state healthcare program, including any state medical or pharmaceutical assistance programs. If patients are eligible for drug benefits under any such program, they cannot use this BOTOX® Savings Card.

Offer void where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Offer good only in the United States. Allergan, Inc., reserves the right to rescind, revoke, and amend this offer without notice.

Metropolitan Commercial Bank and Metropolitan are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank.
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